The purpose of cleaning your espresso equipment is to achieve
better control of the brewing process and to obtain the freshest
taste in coffee. By cleaning your equipment on a regular basis,
you can help save on replacement parts and increase the life
expectancy of your equipment. The following procedures should be
followed on a regular basis:
Give the steam wand a quick "shot of steam" after frothing your
milk (use a clean moist washcloth over the hole to prevent a
mess). Then use the moist cloth to clean the steam wand
immediately. If the milk has dried, use a plastic pot scrubber
to clean the wand. Or soak the steam wand in hot water to remove
any caked-on milk. Use of steel wool scouring pads will
eventually remove the chrome plating. Clean the steam jet hole
with a pin, paper clip or a similar tool.
Flush the group head by turning on the pump for a few seconds,
without the filter holder in place, after the last coffee session
of the day (this has the added benefit of always ensuring the
machine is fully primed).
Remove drip trays and clean them. (They can be put in the
dishwasher, occasionally, top rack only if plastic, otherwise
they may morph into interesting but unusable shapes from the
The cleanliness of the Espresso machine filter holder and brew
baskets is one of the most overlooked cleaning rituals regarding
home espresso machines (commercial establishments too; - we have
seen way too many restaurants where the only time the handles
are cleaned is when we do it after the machines break down -
sometimes years!). The reason to clean is obvious - all that
beautiful fresh espresso and crema flows through the group
assembly before it lands in the cup! Popping the filter basket
out of the filter holder handle occasionally will tell you how
often to clean - if it looks dirty, clean it!
Espresso Machine Backflushing
HOME PUMP MACHINES WITH 3-WAY ELECTRO VALVES (Silvia, Gaggia
Baby, Gaggia Classic, etc)
Caution: DO NOT, we repeat, do not backflush espresso machines
that don't have a 3-way solenoid valve. Cleaning solution may
enter the boiler and possibly damage it or "contaminate" the
water. Besides that, there is no benefit to backflushing a non
3-way valve machine. Just give the group screen, baskets and
handle a good cleaning as described below.
Note: All espresso machines with 3-way valves will have some
sort of drain line going into the drip tray.
Once every couple of hundred shots of espresso (1 - 3 months) or
so, you may backflush the system to ensure optimum tasting
espresso and to prolong the efficient operation of the 3-way
valve system. The reason to do it more often rather than less
often is to improve the freshness of your espresso. The 3-way
valve itself will survive several years of non-cleaning abuse
before it decides it has had enough. For the VERY particular
minded a weekly cleaning may be OK, but generally a monthly or
longer schedule is perfectly adequate. It is much more practical
and important to keep the screen and filter holder clean (see
So why backflush? Because the 3-way valve allows left over
coffee to drain "backwards" from the "coffee puck", through the
valve and out into the drip tray. This relieves pressure and
makes for a drier coffee puck (less dripping). But that fresh
espresso dries onto the inside of the screen area and the valve
itself and soon becomes old stale espresso. By cleaning on a
regular basis you will ensure that your lovely fresh espresso is
not tainted by last seasons (or worse, last years) flavours!
Materials required: Crima Cleaning liquid, Stainless steel blind
filter basket or Backflush disk, Group cleaning brush, plastic
bowl or cup, sink and running water.
Start with a warm or hot espresso machine (products work better
Pop out the single or double basket from the filter holder handle,
and pop the stainless steel blind filter basket in . If you have
the rubber backflush insert, place it into the bottom of the
double filter holder basket so that it makes a good seal (rubber
disk must be used with the double basket).
Using Crima Cleaning liquid (or similar espresso machine
detergent), place a 1/2 teaspoon in filter holder. If you wish
make up a slurry or paste with a bit of warm water first. Insert
filter holder in machine then cycle pump 10 seconds on, 5 seconds
off, 5 seconds on. Then off. Turn machine off.
Wait 10 minutes or longer. Drain tray should show some foamy,
dirty brown detergent mixture. This is normal and good (thats
the old coffee oils dissolving out).
Note: If backflushing has not been performed for a very long
time, repeat entire operation again with fresh cleaning
solution. You may also wish to remove the screen and soak it
separately, since the screen may be partially or fully plugged
up, preventing efficient backflushing.
Now put a bit more cleaning solution in your basket and replace
it loosely in the grouphead so that it will leak out around the
sides when the pump is turned on. Run the pump while loosely
wiggling the handle around to clean out the area around the
rubber seal. This can be a bit messy, so make sure you have a
old tea towel handy. Using the group brush, give a quick scrub
around the sealing area and repeat the procedure.
Now rinse the solution from the Crima Cleaning liquid, re-insert into
machine. Run pump once more for 10 seconds on. Now turn off.
Remove Crima Cleaning liquid and run pump for 5 seconds or more into
plastic bowl or cup to rinse out screen and group area.
Thoroughly rinse the Crima Cleaning liquid under warm water and rinse the
Using some old stale coffee you just happen to have hanging
around, make up an espresso shot and then discard it, to
complete the cleaning process and to ensure that no cleaning
agent ends up in a shot meant to be consumed.
Cleaning the group screen, handle & baskets
Once every 50-100 shots of espresso or so we recommend cleaning
the group screen,handle and baskets. The screen will often look
clean from the visible, down side, but rest assured that the
coffee oils collect on the upper, unseen side. A dirty screen
adversely affects the taste of your espresso and can diminish
the efficiency of your machine. Remove the Crima Cleaning liquid
screen with a stubby screwdriver in order to clean it.
Using a suitable container, such as a plastic 1 litre yogurt
container, put in a liquid cleaning detergent and one-third
fill with hot water.
Put the baskets, screw, water spreader (if so equipped), handle
and shower screen in the mixture and let sit overnight or until
clean. Stir occasionally to speed things up if very dirty. Caked
on screens may need a second application. Occasionally it may be
more prudent to just replace the screen. Rinse all items
thoroughly and replace.
Note: Do not run the pump with the screen removed, since hot
boiler water can shoot out in unexpected directions (often
forward) and possibly cause a scald.
Here at Espresso Essential WA we offer a great range of
coffee machines for all types of business. We provide and
service coffee machines in Perth, and all around Western
Australia, from Kalgoorlie to Margaret River, and Port Hedland
to Karratha. However, our priority is making sure you make an
informed decision before buying. Have a read of the following
questions to make sure you're choosing the right coffee machine
for your business:
1) I know I need to get a decent coffee machine, but how do I
decide on the right coffee machine for me?
If you want to provide coffee in your business the most
important thing is having something that produces consistently
good quality coffee. This is what creates happy customers and
staff, the bread-and-butter of a successful business. Some
manual machines may not be the most suitable option to achieve
this as it relies on your staff to have enough experience making
coffee to achieve consistency.
Also, look for commercial equipment that is designed for
making more coffee than you make right now. Watch out for the
trap of only buying a coffee machine that can handle what you
are already making, because it will become a frustration as your
use increases. High-quality commercial automatic coffee machines
are designed around efficiency, so look to spend more initially
and save more money in the long run.
Coffee is coffee right? So why should I care about how much each
cup costs from my business coffee machine?
Cost-per-cup is the name of the game when it comes to
commercial coffee machines. While domestic machines are all
about looking pretty and making a couple of cups of coffee each
morning with little to no thought going into cost-effectiveness,
commercial machines are all about efficiency, reliability and
By looking for a commercial coffee machine that can make
great coffee cost-effectively, you can make some serious savings
by the end of each financial year.
have heard some coffee suppliers give 'free' machines to
businesses. Why do some companies offer a free coffee machine
and some don't?
We have all heard the expression "There is no such thing as
a free lunch", right? Well, when it comes to 'free' coffee
machines this is also true.
Coffee companies that supply 'free' machines are still in
business to make money, so they will be making profit somewhere
along the line. Often this means charging a premium price for
cheap coffee beans, or charging a lot for servicing.
Another trap to watch out for is minimum ordering. This
means you have to order a certain amount of coffee beans or pods
each month or they will take your machine off you. This can lead
to serious overstocking on your part, or losing your coffee
machine altogether. When comparing coffee machine suppliers make
sure you understand your ordering commitments before making a
love coffee pods, and I have a pod machine at home. So why
should I consider using fresh beans in my business?
Who would have thought George Clooney could change the
world! After an incredible marketing drive, pod machines have
exploded into kitchens across Australia. And these are a great
option for your home as they are easy and convenient.
But the biggest problem with using pods in your business is
the cost. Using coffee beans and an efficient commercial coffee
machine can give you a shot of fresh espresso coffee for less
than $0.20. To pour the same shot of espresso from a pod can
cost up to $1.00. This many not seem to be a lot of money, but
when you multiply that extra cost across a few cups a day, and
then across a year of buying coffee pods, the costs can add up
dramatically. So keep the pod machine for your house and think
about fresh beans for your business.
commercial coffee machine sounds too big for my business. Why
would I choose a commercial machine?
Many people think 'commercial' means a big 3-group
manual-operation monster-sized coffee machine, but the reality
is that automatic coffee machine technology has come a long way.
Nowadays, a commercial coffee machine can be a similar size to a
domestic coffee system, but with more features, better
efficiency, and much higher build quality. All this adds up to a
machine that can handle high volume of coffee production, with
better profit margins, more reliability and often ten times the
Another trap to look out for: by putting a domestic coffee
system into a business you can void or dramatically reduce your
warranty, meaning your expensive domestic machine may become one
for the recycling bin sooner than you think.
have been told that coffee machines are notorious for breaking
down. What happens if my new coffee machine breaks down?
In fairness, there are plenty of machines out there that are
not reliable. Manufacturing with plastic rather than metal, mass
production rather than hand-assembly, and building to a budget
rather than to a high standard are all things that can make for
a bad coffee machine.
The most important thing to look for in a coffee machine
supplier is how they structure their back-end servicing. Do they
offer on-site repairs rather than you having to take your
machine somewhere to get repaired? Or worst-case scenario, is
the coffee machine even repairable? Some coffee machine
suppliers may not carry parts, or will send your machine away to
other parts of the country for weeks at a time. The safest bet
is to go with a coffee machine supplier that is able to service
your area, and carries the parts you may need at all times.
know most of the time fresh is better, but I have heard a lot of
companies are using evaporated milk now. Why would I consider
Your automatic response may be 'Powdered milk, I had that
when I was a kid, it's horrible!'. And you would be right, that
old-style synthetic whitener is nothing more than chemical
But a lot has changed in the world of milk, and these days
there are some very good evaporated milk products available.
Normally, the romance of fresh cow's milk for your coffee sounds
nice, but the reality of fresh milk coffee machines is often far
All coffee machines need cleaning, but fresh milk machines
need a lot more cleaning a lot more regularly. If this cleaning
is not carried out the milk you get is about as far from fresh
as you can get, and may have more in common with yoghurt. This
is not normally an issue if you follow manufacturers cleaning
guides, but there are very few people in the world that enjoy
cleaning coffee machines.
Evaporated milk has no active bacteria, so cleaning is
minimal, and the really good evaporated milk is only one step
away from fresh milk as it has simply had the moisture
evaporated from top quality fresh Australian dairy. No cleaning
and good milk equals happy staff and great coffee!
Espresso Essential WA
As Espresso Essential WA we supply the best range of high
quality automatic espresso coffee machines Perth has to offer,
specialising in the office, business and commercial
environments. Our machines are real bean espresso coffee
machines that are designed and hand built in Italy.
Features of our in house cafe quality coffee machine espresso
stylish, hygienic and easy to clean, we provide the most
versatile coffee machines Perth and WA have to offer.
freshly ground gourmet espresso coffee at the touch of a
button from only $0.60c a cup.
quality Italian made commercial coffee machines are easy to
fill and maintain. Great back up service & maintenance
Australia wide with great Regional and Metropolitan
warranty and service packages available.
coin acceptor creates a self funding profit centre returning
around $2 per cup profit.
range of freshly hand roasted gourmet coffee beans (freshly
roasted daily in-house). Including our new 100% Arabica Rainforest
Alliance blend plus many other blends
for the coffee connoisseur.
chocolate - a deliciously smooth drink made with just
chocolate and our own, specially formulated 99% fat free
Essential WA's Coffee Machines Perth Beverage selections
include Cappuccino, Caffè Latte, Flat White, Double Shot
Flat White, Espresso Short, Espresso Long, Mochaccino, Hot
for offices, sporting clubs, churches, convenience retail
outlets, conference hire, schools, hotels, social clubs,
hairdressers and anywhere that real bean espresso is needed
quickly and efficiently without the fuss of having staff
trying to make perfect espresso.
lease or hire the best range of coffee machines Perth has
available as well as slush machines from only $2.00 per day.
coffee machines available on a cost per cup basis.*
also have a great range of slush machines suitable for
hotels, convenience stores, schools, kids clubs and many
similar businesses with over 300% profit margins.
have the best range of point of sale products in the market
to help you sell more products from flags to sidewalk signs,
frequent sipper cards and menus.
Automatic Coffee Machine Perth range suits every business
from 5 – 5000 staff.
Essential is a BRW fast 100 company 2009 and 2010 fast
franchise Top 100 company.
Leading Supplier of Coffee Machines Perth, WA
Espresso Essential WA is the leading supplier for Perth and
WA's automatic coffee machines. Whether you require a small
office coffee machine, the best office coffee machine, or a
commercial coffee machine, our range of fully automatic coffee
machines are perfect.
Our mobile coffee machines can be delivered to your door for
you to try anywhere in Western Australia.
Espresso Essential WA has provided state of the art Italian
automatic espresso coffee machines, self serve automatic coffee
machines throughout Perth and Western Australia for more than 10
With thousands of successful and profitable automatic coffee
machine installations, we are the undisputed coffee machine
Imagine having an employee who works 24/7, increases your staff
productivity, is the social centre of the
office, and makes Cafe Quality Real Bean Espresso Coffee and Hot
Chocolate on demand. Or imagine a staff member that can sell
several hundreds of dollars worth of quality coffee to your
customers, and this staff member only costs you $7 a day!
Espresso Essential WA fully automatic coffee machines are
ideal for convenience stores, service stations, sporting clubs,
gymnasiums, hotels, pubs, offices and in fact, any business with
5 or more staff.
Our Automatic Coffee Machines grind real beans, fresh for
each cup of coffee. We provide simple, one touch automatic
coffee machines that have up to 11 drink selections available.
Our extensive range of locally roasted fresh 100% Arabica
gourmet coffee beans blends, milk, chocolate and consumables are
conveniently available for online ordering.
Our coffee machines are easy to clean, simple to restock,
and ordering is seamless. Espresso Essential WA will deliver to
you the fully automatic coffee machine for all your needs with
affordable and convenient rental finance options available.
We have expert sales and support staff in your area
available for an obligation free coffee machine demonstration at
your business. Call us now to try before you buy.
We offer a free taste test service where we can bring one of
our machines to you using one of our state-of-the-art mobile
coffee van set-ups.
This enables us to provide you with a free, no-obligation
example of how efficient our machines are, and how great our
We also have available Rainforest
Alliance certified coffee beans to provide
the best possible coffee experience in an ethical and
Give us a call using the number above or send us a message
to organise your Free Taste Test today!
What do our customers think of our machines?
Espresso Essential coffee machines are being used in over
9,000 businesses to date. Here's what some of our customers are
saying about our machines and service:
Beverley Margaret, School of Dance:
"I am happy to recommend the Espresso Essential Automatic
Coffee Machines and Real Fruit Slush machine. I have both in my
Dance Studio, and have found them to be very beneficial to my
business and my customers. The Hot Chocolate component of the
coffee machine is the most popular, especially in winter, as
parents tend to buy them for the kids for the car ride home.
Slushies are popular throughout the year, which was my only
concern, as the kids are hot after class whatever the weather!"
Ilario Patane | Subway Franchisee, Kwinana:
"For some time after opening my Subway business I realized
that a far greater profit could be made if we offered our
customers coffee and other hot beverages with their meal. My
biggest problem was finding a machine that would fulfill this
role. It took me well over one year to finally settle on a
machine that I thought could produce not only a very good cup of
coffee, but was quick and reliable. I purchased my machine from
Espresso Essential and now 2 years on I can honestly say that it
has been one of my best and most profitable investments.
It has certainly increased my customer spending, especially
during the winter months. The machine is easily cleaned and can
be stocked by all staff, and best of all it only takes a push of
a button to make coffee and an assortment of other hot drinks!
This is certainly an advantage to us, especially during our busy
lunch and dinner periods.
The staff at Espresso Essential have been wonderful. The
service is impeccable and they are simply a phone call away if
the machine needs servicing or stocking. Well done to all and
keep up the good work."
Jill Smith | Cockburn Basketball Association:
"Everyone loves the coffee and slush! These machines are two
of the best investments we've ever made. We are open limited
hours, and still sell plenty of coffee – even in summer!
Espresso Essential works around my operating hours, and provide
fantastic ongoing support. Kids buy as much slush as their
parents will let them, and the hot chocolate is to die for!"
Nola Craig | Gull, Brookton
"I am happy to recommend the Espresso Essential Automatic
Coffee Machines. We have had one in our Roadhouse now for
approximately 6 months and have found it to be very beneficial
for several reasons;
Frees up staff time – Staff do not have to serve or assist
people to get 'real' coffee to takeaway.The machine is very low
maintenance – Daily clean and top up and one weekly thorough
clean.Product delivery and response to orders is quick from the
suppliers.The Product is of high quality and quickly builds its
own "fan club" of users.The small amount of maintenance we have
needed on the machine has been done quickly and professionally.
Feel free to contact me for any further recommendation."
Reg & Donna Cocking | Mandurah Caravan and Tourist Park:
"Espresso Essential /Essential Slush Co is about real people
who provide really high quality products for really reasonable
prices, really efficiently with really friendly, helpful
service. It's the REAL DEAL!
Both machines are easy to use and clean. Both machines are
profitable. The rent-to-own/lease option is fully tax
deductible, and suited us best. Through the tokens, we can
reward our customers and staff with convenient, great tasting
coffee, hot chocolate and slushies. From our first call out with
your mobile tasting van, through the sign up process to the
delivery and installation we could not fault your outstanding
We would have no hesitation in highly recommending your
product to all businesses who really want to make a difference
to their customers."
Lester and Pip Snooke | Bolgart Rural Thrifty Link:
"A quick note to tell you how pleased we are with the
Espresso Essential Coffee Machine we purchased from you
The big bright orange roadside sign is very eye catching and
proving very effective as we have more new customers coming into
our shop.The volume of coffees we have sold have exceeded our
expectationsThe quality of coffee is excellentThe machine is
easy to clean andReordering stock is quick and simple
We are very happy to recommend Espresso Essential Coffee
Maria Tomeo | Tomeos Service Station, Karragullen:
"I purchased an Espresso Essential coin operated coffee
machine in June 2007 and have found it to be the BEST investment
I have ever made because not only is the coffee fantastic, but
it saves me time whilst giving my customers plenty of choice.
I have no hesitation in recommending these machines to
anyone considering purchasing one."